Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Supernova Sprint

I'm in a dash to get my Supernova quilt done (the quilt that Karin and myself traded blocks for over all of 2014 - she has her own version!). Mostly, a deadline is keeping me motivated. That deadline is Saturday, and I'm all in. Ironically, this is the LAST time I should be attempting to finish a large quilt, because I have two more projects to finish before QuiltCon (I leave next Thursday morning). However... we have off on Monday, so I'll have that day. And I can make the time. For now... I'm inspired/determined to finish this quilt!

So far, so good. The top was easy to piece together but still somehow took about two hours (between figuring out which fabric I wanted in the border - of course I went with metallic Netorious by Cotton and Steel, wouldn't you know? [see 2 pictures below in this post]- and pressing and piecing accurately). This kind of thing is why I will never understand how people sometimes can charge so little for handmade quilts. Just the border took me 2 hours, and if I'm considering myself worth at least $20 an hour plus materials... well, you get the idea! It irritates me how little people sometimes value skilled labor. End rant.


Anyway, I pieced the backing based on the lightest Supernova block (a beautiful one that Karin made early on). I'm REALLY excited about using those Cotton and Steel arrows and lions!! They just fit perfectly. I try to make my large quilt backs just as exciting as my fronts (or at least enough where I'd enjoy using either side), and this fits the bill for me.


I started quilting large pebbles from the middle, so that you get the illusion of a huge Supernova taking over the whole quilt. I'm in the process of quilting the smaller supernovas individually. I'm going to leave most of the blue quilter's linen background blank for effect.


Last night, I asked my guild what kind of binding I should use. I agree that it should be solid, and someone suggested purple. Why, trusty purple, do I always return to you? That's right, it's because you're the best color. ;)

Linking up to WIP Wednesday.


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16 comments:

  1. You really are moving right along with this quilt! I am excited to see it finished, because your description of the idea behind the quilting is wonderful. I am so with you on the value of skilled labor rant. I have been able to charge $20/hour for my quilts... and I've sold quite a few actually. I've had a few people walk away due to the pricing, but I think I have had some of the best "customers" because they value what I am doing, too, which is a super awesome feeling. Rant on! :)

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  2. This looks great, Jess! I love the way the quilting is looking, and I think it's going to look perfect with a purple binding! Good luck getting it finished in time for your departure! You can do it, I'm sure of it!

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  3. This quilt is stunning! The quilting designs are really adding another dimension to the piece. I completely agree that our time is worth at least $20/hr. Even that rate is a real bargain- how many people with such a specific skill set charge that little?

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  4. That is gorgeous. Love the colors.

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  5. I think yellow would look great for the binding too!

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  6. Love it! I especially like the way the quilting is progressing, giving it such interesting added texture! Good luck with meeting your deadline, Linda

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  7. It's coming along so nicely! Love the quilting so far. I am planning to finish the sisterhood quilt by the end of the month (which is a mad dash for my timeline) so I can enter it in an upcoming show here (Fiber Arts Fiesta). I wish I could get some of your productivity and speed! Maybe you could come babysit for me ;-)

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  8. This is a GREAT background color... really make the other colors pop.

    Well, unfortunately as long as cheap, imported products are so readily available, people will never understand the value of a handcrafted item. I agree wholeheardedly with your rant.

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  9. You can do it and I see the end is near. My partner in the swap pushed and we both finished this week so I know you can too! Looks great and love the swirly bits on the quilting!

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  10. Like! The dark background really adds to the overall feel.

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  11. Purple is totally the best color- and a great choice for this regardless. This is stunning!

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  12. Love your use of color and fabric. It is wonderful!

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  13. Looking good! Can't wait for the final reveal!

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  14. This looks amazing, the layout is great and really balanced with the color composition. Love the big pebbles (did you free-hand them? so amazing you are!) and the swirls I think the purple C+S Dottie would look good for binding ::wink::

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